Biannual Bibliothon – Write A Synopsis From The Villain’s Perspective

 Biannual Bibliothon – Day Two Challenge: Write A Synopsis From The Villains Perspective


This was forever ago and I didn’t participate really but this was in my drafts so enjoy!


Day 3 of the blog challenges is hosted by Dominique @ Pirates and Pixie Dust. Her prompt is to write a synopsis from the villain’s point of view. Basically:

  1. Choose a favorite book.
  2. Create a blog post sharing your villain’s short synopsis.
  3. Visit Dominique’s original post and share your link in the comments.

I wrote a poem from The Evil Queen’s perspective from Snow White.

Read it here: Poem: The “Evil” Queen

Queens may not cackle
They must be fair
But they may poison apples
To kill an unworthy heir
Snow White falls
At the hands of The Queen
Yet home, Snow crawls
The how, yet to be seen
The winter princess with stars in her eyes
Just as well has blood staining her teeth
And though they cannot see her lies
The Queen sees the girl underneath
She just wished her stepdaughter knew
She was once the princess, too


I hope you guys enjoyed this!

Is anyone participating in Biannual Bibliothon?
Did anyone else write a villain synopsis?
Did you like this?

Let me know!

Sunshine Blogger Award #3

I’ve done this award twice already (The SunShine Blogger Award and Sunshine Blogger Award#2) but it changes each time due to its nature, so here it is again.

Sorry this took me so long to get to…

I was nominated by two lovely humans this time Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies and Raquel @ Rakiodd Books. Go check out their blogs! And thank you both so much!


The Rules

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.

  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award

Questions From
Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

What is your favorite part of blogging?

I’m not sure. I like connecting with people. I like talking about books. I like having a hobby. I’m not sure I have a favorite part.

Do you like to read? Why?

Yes I like to read.

I have a book blog…It’d be weird if I didn’t.

And I just do.

What is your favorite song?

I can’t pick favorites of ANYTHING. I have lists of favorites – not all times.

I’m currently listening to:

What is your OTP?

Again – I CAN”T pick favorites.

I have an OTP per book/fandom, not in general.

What is your NOTP?

Ditto above.

Though the Harry/Hermoine pairing particularly annoys me.

What/Who is your spirit animal?

Well, my patronus is a dolphin.

pottermore-patronus-quiz-selena-gomez

And I’m a Moose.

Take that as you will.

If you could have one famous author (living or other-wise) to write your biography, who would you choose and why?

*Paniked screaming because I can’t make decisions*

JK Rowling – just so my name would always be used in conjunction with Harry Potter.

Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune?

Jeopardy! I love that show!

And I’ve never seen Wheel of Fortune…

Who is your favorite villain of all time?

Again. Not great with favorites. You need to give me a context. In superhero films? In books? What?

BBC Moriarty is great though.

And Crowley.

 

 

 

Do you like Disney?

Who doesn’t?

What is your opinion on Loki? (From The Avengers, Thor, etc.)

MY PRECIOUS CHILD!

Seriously though, his comic redemption arc in Young Avengers/Agent of Asgard is one of my favorites!

 


Questions From
Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Which do you spend more time watching, TV or YouTube videos?

TV probably. But I do watch a lot of Youtube…

What’s something your parents lied to you about when you were a child?

SO MANY THINGS.

Though the best all came from my dad. He told me things like “You’re mother is your stepmother” – I think because Cinderella made me cry. He also told me I was adopted from an alien family (and that I was found in a trash can).

If you could be in any band, what band would it be and what  instrument would you play?

Listen. I have absolutely no sense of rhythm/music. And lack the ability to read sheet music on a fundamental level.

I took Guitar as my elective in Sixth grade and it was the worst thing ever. Mind you, being left handed and forced to learn right handed as the school had no left handed guitars probably contributed to that, but still.

I have always wanted to learn the drums though. Though I wouldn’t want to join any of my favorite bands because I’d just mess them up (but can I still meet Brenden Urie?).

What mythical creature would you want as a pet?

A hippogriff. Or alicorn because my sister and little cousin would die.

I’d say a dragon – but it’d probably eat me…

Do you have any weird body skills, what are they?

Okay, get ready.

*Stretches and cracks knuckles*

I am double-jointed, which means I’m the Queen of weird body skills.

Notably:

I can shift my knee-cap out of place, and bow my leg in the opposite direction than its meant to go, and manually move my kneecap. More so in my left leg, since thats the knee I sprained, popped out of place, popped back in myself, and walked on for a week before going to the doctor about two years ago. If freaks people out.

My shoulder is also weird. I can twist my arm so my elbow is in the front – my dad says it makes my arm look like a chicken wing, and my shoulder is visibly out of the socket (at least partially). I once fell off a stool in class, and my (Biomedical/Anatomy) teacher thought I broke my arm because it was twisted all the way around from how I fell. I stood up, twisted my arm back, and kept doing my work and I think I scared her.

What’s your favorite 90s song? Or early 2000s if you’re too young.

I’m probably technically too young – I was born late 1999, and have a soft spot for more early 2000’s than 90’s music.

But reading this question, a song popped into my head. Not my favorite if I think bout it, but the one that popped into my head:

What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?

I can’t think of one of the top of my head. Though, I find really terrible movies hilarious.

I will say I hated Plague Town – one of the few movies to ever give me nightmares, and it was terrible. Every character was stupid beyond even horror movie standards and it wasn’t even a good horror movie. Not sure why it freaked me out so much.

Do you have a giggle trigger? Something that always makes you giggle or laugh, a certain word, joke, funny face, etc.

I mean, a lot of things make me laugh. But I’m not aware of a specific “giggle trigger”.

If you ruled a country, what would your country be known for?

100% literacy, great Special Eduction programs, and a functional Healthcare system.

I can dream right?

If you had a time machine, but it could only go from the past and back OR to the future and back to the present, which would you prefer?

Future – it would be cool to see things! But like, REALLY FAR into the future.

Which are you less likely to “survive”, no coffee or no internet?

I have to say no internet, because my GPA would no survive sans google.

Though seriously, I’m non-functional if you try and talk to me without caffeine.

 


Questions For My Nominees:

  1. What’s a series with a cover change you love? A series with a cover change you despise?
  2. Most currently anticipated book?
  3. What book on your physical TBR causes you the most shame?
  4. Give TV recommendations based on 5 of your favorite books!
  5. How do you take your coffee/tea?
  6. What were your favorite books and TV shows as a child?
  7. Show us a picture of your bookshelf!
  8. Favorite video game/visual novel?
  9. What have you learned from book blogging? What advice would you give new book bloggers?
  10. Favorite and most hated YA book tropes?
  11. What do you think are your best blog posts? Link so we can check them out!

I Nominate:

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

The Orangutan Librarian

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

 

WHAT WOULD THAT VILLAIN READ? – TAG

This super fun tagged was created by Lashaan and Trang over @Bookidote!! Go check them out!

I was tagged by the ever lovely and amazing Orangutan Librarian – check out their blog, its one of my favorites!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I LOVE villains. I’m fond of villain redemptions stories, and antiheroes tend to be some of my favorite characters. So this tag is great!


Rules:

  • Pick 5+ villains and wonder what books they are most likely to read (feel free to use our villains or find new ones!)
  • Nominate bloggers! As many as you want!
  • Have fun in the world of villainy!

–1. Catwoman –  Six of Crows

Its about criminals, but criminals who aren’t bad people and can be redeemed and fin love along the way (from what I’ve heard at least) – she’d love it.

2. Dracula – Twilight

I don’t think he’d pick this one up on his own. Someone would give it to him as a joke to horrify him and he’d keep reading because he’d be entertained by how wrong the 21st century is about vampires. It’d be his guilty pleasure read.

–3. The Joker – The Book Thief

This book is about the depths of human depravity (holocaust) from the view of death himself. The Joker would love this.

–4. Moriarty – Murder on the Orient Express

He’d be a fan of mystery novels I think.

–5. Voldemort – They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

(yes, I did straight up google KKK books, why would I know this off the top of my head?)

I didn’t want to repeat any of the (marvelous) answers I’d seen before (like Mein Krampf) but similarly, since Voldemort is all about that racial purity, I thought he might want to see how even the muggle accomplished it.

-6. Loki – War of the Worlds

He’d enjoy living vicariously through “aliens destroying earth” stories.

-7. Dr. Horrible – Vicious

Dr. Horrible would relate so hard Victor Vale – both villains, neither a bad person, both hate the so-called hero who is dating the girl they like… It works!

-8. Hades – Percy Jackson

I think he’d enjoy reading his own story – if only to complain about everything thats “wrong” and how under appreciated he is. He’s a drama queen.


I TAG:

 

The first 5 are the same villains as the original. I added the last three for fun. Feel free to use them!

What do you think of my answers?

Do you agree?

Let me know!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things I Want To See More Of In YA

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Anyone can participate and its a lot of fun, so I highly encourage it!

Let me know if you’re a part too!


Today’s Prompt:

May 9Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist – things you want to see more of in books — tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!


1 – Involved Parents

Something that happens in virtually every YA novel, no matter the genre. The parents are absent. In fantasy, this generally means dead or conspicuously missing. In contemporary, this means their existence is ignored until the main character is grounded to create drama.

Kids go where they want, when they want, never seem to go home or get caught doing stupid things. Parents just aren’t involved in their kids lives and while unfortunately that is the reality for some kids, it certainly isn’t the most common reality.

The only YA books I’ve seen where the parents role an important role, are ones why the parents are terrible – and if thats the focus of the book you’re writing, if thats the story. Then perfect! All is well!

But don’t make your protagonist a well-rounded character with a good home life, with parents who never talk to them. And not every fantasy heroine needs to be an orphan. Let them have families!

2 – Protagonists That Don’t Live Up To Western Beauty Standards (Where That Isn’t The Focus Of The Plot)

Every YA protagonist is beautiful, and they either KNOW IT or think themselves as plain until a love interest expounds on their beauty. But generally, they are always thin, pale etc. Always adhering to western beauty conventions.

Give me different races and ethnicities. Give me different fashions. Give me unique hair and eyes – or very,very generic ones.

Give me ugly protagonists, protagonists with disabilities and scars. Acne. Different body types. Like a real person, like a real teenager, the ones the protagonists are meant to be embodying – in stories why their looks aren’t the focus.

Why can’t a chubby girl star in a fantasy? Because she’s only ever in contemporaries angst-ing about her weight – like in “Dumplin'” – the entire arc is her accepting her body type. And its a great story, its a great message. That doesn’t mean it should be the only arc afforded to those character types. (Sorry, I got a little heated)

3 – Diverse Sexualities That Aren’t The Plot’s Focus

Diverse reading is a big topic now. And now is when more books featuring lesbian/gay/bisexual characters are coming out, with all sorts of different portrayals and representations. Which is great.

But overwhelmingly these characters star in contemporaries where their main, or even entire story arc revolves around their sexuality. Coming to terms with it, coming out, etc. If they are afforded a place in a fantasy, it is a side characters.

I’d like contemporaries and fantasies with non-straight protagonists whose sexualities aren’t the focus, you can be gay and still have a life not centered on it, you can be a part of another plot.

4 – Asexual Characters

Or any diverse sexuality really, but as I’m ace, I’d love to see more ace characters (especially with the awful erasure of Jughead in Riverdale making me want to stab things).

Here is a list of books with ace characters I found. – As you can see, its pretty sparse, and most of the time its not even explicitly stated. (That’s why I’m dying to get my hands on Tash Hearts Tolstoy).

5 – Books With No Romance

Virtually every YA book, be it contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, or what have you is wither romance centered or has a romance sub-plot. Why?

Not everyone dates in high school. And almost no one finds their true love in high school. And honestly, in all that world saving, is a boyfriend your biggest concern?

Mind you, I love romances, I love the romance subplots. But do they need to be in every book? We can’t just have strong, complex friendships? Friends that live and die for one another? Complex character interactions not revolving about romance?

Is it just me? Because I’d like to see some books without romance.

6 – Redeemable/Complex Villains or Morally Grey Protagonists

I’ve mentioned before that I love the arc of a redeemable villain, because I love the complexity of those characters. Not all evil people are actually evil, and if they are, they often didn’t start out that way. I’d love to see more stories with villains who, even if they aren’t redeemed, have their convictions fully explored. Or even stories from the villain’s point of view – where we’re rooting for them (Think Dr. Horrible or Invader Zim type thing).

Give me unreliable narrators that keep me guessing on who to trust, on what to believe – not knowing who to root for to win.

Morally grey protagonists whose ends justify their means, or so they believe.

It’s more interesting than the generic good-to-the-bone arch-type protagonist every fantasy/action story gets these days.

7 – Retellings of Lesser Known Source Material

Adaptations and retellings are EVERYWHERE in YA. And I love them, love seeing new takes on old favorites. But you can only retell Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast so many times before it gets old.

Don Quixote would make a great YA retelling. Or what about Aesop’s fables? Or one of the less common Shakespeare plays like “Midnight Summer’s Dream” or “Twelfth Night” – all would make great retellings that people won’t know by heart before they’re even picked up.

8 – Magical Realism

I love magical realism, because I like cross-genre fiction. Like contemporary sci-fi. Theres a million different ways to combine things and it isn’t very common to do so.

I want dragons in the real world. Modern day witches. Superheroes going to high school. Soulmate stories. Love potions in chemistry class. Give me time travel.

If its a fanfiction trope, it probably falls under magical realism and I probably want it in YA.

9 – Diverse World Building In Fantasy

I love fantasy. But lately, a lot of fantasy world have begun to feel repetitive. Similar world/caste/magic systems, all mono-cultured.

I want new fantastic worlds. New mythologies and lands and magi systems.

Multiple systems and cultures within the same world.

Maybe a story with different factions having different views on who exactly IS the chosen one.

That would be new and interesting.

There are hundreds of cultures in human history to draw from – no need for the constant use of anglo-saxon culture – while I enjoy it, I also learn enough about it in school.

Give me ancient Greece or Meso-american inspired! Something!

10 – Subverting of Tropes

After a while, tropes get dull, especially when authors rely on the selling of the trope and rather than using it as a single aspect of the story, make it the entire story.

So I love the novels that subvert the tropes, as much as I may love some of them. Like “The Love Interest” which is basically satire of every YA love triangle there is. Or, “The Rest Of Us Just Live Here” which flips the entire “Chosen One” arc. I love that sort of thing.


Do you agree with my list?

Which do you want to see more of?

Are they any you disagree with?

Do you do TTT?

Let me know down in the comments and drop me a link if you do!